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Potatoes and Onions


Onion prices expected to rise as Northwest finishes up

It's a busy time of year for the onion market in North America. Several regions are finishing up, while another few are starting. The Texas season has just begun, but suppliers have noted a slow market as other regions like the Northwest and Mexico are still shipping stock. As the bigger volumes from these.....

Due to US sanctions

Russian McDonald's to start using home-grown potatoes

French fries at McDonald’s restaurants across Russia will be made with Russian-grown potatoes from now on, because of U.S. sanctions that have hit the Russian rouble and led to trade restrictions.McDonald’s restaurants in Russia have already been using Russian ingredients for most other menu items, but until.....

UK: Return to profit for historic potato wholesaler

A historic potato wholesaler headquartered in Macclesfield has returned to profit and increased revenue towards £40m.E Park & Sons was established in 1924. It supplies own-label, branded and bulkware products to the likes of Asda, Aldi, The Co-op and Nisa.Operating from sites in Doncaster, Lincolnshire and.....

Jersey Royals in short supply

Farmers are hoping that a change in the weather and a shortage of new potatoes in the UK will help them recoup losses from the worst start to the Jersey Royal season in decades.Persistent rainfall over the winter and severe frosts when the Beast from the East hit the British Isles had a devastating effect on.....

Spain: Benihort adding spring onions to its range

The Cooperativa Agrícola San Isidro de Benicarló (Benihort) has added spring onions to its product portfolio. The company is currently immersed in its spring-summer campaign and, for the first time, its warehouse has received this product from the orchards of its partners. The prospect is to market some.....

China: Zhongmou early-season garlic enters the market for the first time

Garlic has been prey to a "garlic cycle" in recent years, where the price falls steeply, then rises suddenly and sharply, and then falls steeply again. When Zhongmou garlic first appeared on the market in 2016 it encouraged garlic farmers to start planting Zhongmou garlic. In the last two years, however,.....

Cameron County, Texas

US: Onion thieves end up in a ditch

Cameron County constables arrested a man and a woman after they allegedly stole 18 bags of onions from a field in La Feria on Tuesday. The officers were able to catch Abelardo Sanchez and Abigail M. Robledo after their vehicle got stuck in a ditch while attempting to flee the scene, according to Precinct 5.....

Philippines, Manila International Container Port:

Bureau of Customs seizes 17 containers with smuggled onions

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized over 500 tons of smuggled onions from China inside 17 containers at the Manila International Container Port Monday, April 23. According to BOC, the consignee had mis-declared the onions as apples. The smuggled onions were placed inside boxes of apples to hide the.....

Table potato market East Germany - MIO Kw 16/18

Weak demand in the domestic market

Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania The planting of potatoes has started in many regions. Some of the farmers are still in the preparatory tillage stages. On sandy soils, planting will be stopped in the middle of the week. The price levels for old stock items changed repeatedly. The potato supply is still good.....

Unique plant from two different products

Erd2-Tom2 is Vegetable of the Year in Austria

The Erd2-Tom2 has been named Vegetable of the Year 2018 by Austrian growers. The 2in1 plant is home to two types of vegetables: potatoes growing underground and tomatoes growing on the surface. The unique plant is the product of refinement and came into being in 2014 after a four-year trial by the Dutch.....

Italy: Low garlic quotations

"Chinese producers seem to be complaining about a production drop of around 50-80%. The media have actually reported problems caused by root rot, but it's difficult to believe the situation has affected that much produce. It seems more like an attempt to condition the market," reports Antonio Tuccillo,.....

Kees van den Bosch, Freeland:

"Room for Egyptian organic onions"

The onion import season has begun anew at Freeland. This trading company is based in the Dutch town of Emmen. They received a shipment of white Indian onions last week. The Egyptian onion season started two weeks ago already. This is for conventional as well as organic onions. The first arrivals of red onions.....

Bolivia: Chinese contraband garlic affects local product

Chinese garlic, which is smuggled into the country, floods the local market and is sold at 40% less than the national product, which negatively affects national producers mainly concentrated in the valleys of Cochabamba, Chuquisaca and Tarija."The Chinese garlic began to arrive about four years ago. I received.....

25,000 tons of potatoes exported to Russia

Pakistan: Potato growers suffer substantial losses this year

Under special directions from the Ministry of National Food Security, Pakistan’s Plant Protection Department (PPD) established a special office in the Okara district which exported all varieties of potatoes to Russia according to the import policies and criteria.This view was expressed by local PPD camp office.....

UK: Concerns over late season onion planting

With the “Beast from the East” hitting the UK in early March and then a prolonged cold and wet period for the remainder of March and early April, some growers are now facing an uphill battle to get this year’s crop in the ground."We are now in unprecedented territory in terms of late planting and we need the.....

Easy recipes teach kids to cook healthy meals with potatoes

Side Delights announces easy recipes and options for parents and children who want to make healthy choices, while the popularity of cooking shows for junior chefs creates a new interest in cooking for kids.Side Delights potatoes are aiming to teach kids to choose healthy choices, while helping them learn to.....

India could surpass Argentina's garlic production

The manager of the Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Garlic, Onions, and Related Products of Mendoza (Asocamen), Guillermo San Martin stated: "Argentina has the right seasonal conditions to produce garlic, from the north of our country to the south in the zone of Neuquen and Rio Negro. The.....

Rain brought planting to a halt, but it will resume in the coming days

Spain: Potato acreage in Castile-Leon expected to reach 20,000 hectares

So far, only around 25% of the potato acreage in Castile-Leon has been planted, mostly due to heavy rains bringing the planting to a halt. The process should be able to start again in the next few days, and it will happen in a staggered manner.The planted area is in good condition and no decay has been.....

Gerrit Oomen: “Doors aren’t in the way and are very sturdy”

First flexible rolling door to be repeated in Quik’s’ new potato storage

Limited space in the reception hall was the reason to purchase a flexible rolling door for potato wholesaler Quik’s Verse Aardappelen in 2013. “We were looking for a sturdy door that wouldn’t be broken the minute a fork-lift truck accidentally bumps into it,” says manager Gerrit Oomen. “That’s why we went to.....

China: Garlic price remains low

The price of garlic from storage in Jinxiang began to fall nearly a month ago when it was still 3.6 yuan [0.57 USD] per kg. The price has already fallen by 23.8%. At the same time, the trade volume in March increased in comparison with February. The overall trend in the garlic market is one where the price is.....

Da Lat potatoes

Vietnamese potato brand to fight Chinese fakes

Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province has approved a programme to construct a Da Lat potato brand to prevent farmers from selling cheap Chinese potatoes disguised as potatoes from Da Lat. In the near future, the province plans to spend around VND 1 billion (US$ 44,000) to print around 200,000 packages that will be.....

Shay Myers of Owyhee Produce from Idaho

"I wish the quality of storage onions was this good every year"

Shay Myers of Owyhee Produce from Idaho recently posted this video about the last storage onions of the season. He is switching to Texan onions and he is very happy with the quality: "I've said it a thousand times and I'll say it a thousand more, I wish the quality was as good as this every year.!

Organic and conventional Vidalia onions offered this year

In accordance with the Apr. 20 start date announced by the Vidalia® Onion Committee, Giumarra will begin shipping both organic and conventional Vidalia onions the third week of April. Giumarra Southeast is pleased to offer promotable volumes of Nature’s Partner-brand Vidalia onions in bulk and bagged pack.....

Overview potato market week 16

Portugal, Spain, and Hungary ask for red potato varieties

BelgiumFiwap/PCA market message:Industrial variety: General price, 35 mm+, min 60% 50 mm+, min 360 gr/5kg EPS, bulk, friable, selling price, excluding VAT, direct delivery:Bintje: 2.00 to 3.00 €/a, depending on quality and destination; Quiet market (supply greater than, or equal to, demand). Very little space.....

High onion prices bringing Mexican consumers to tears

Mexican onions have recently seen several price hikes. During the last two weeks of March, the price of a kilogram of onions in the state of México was 15 pesos, or €0.66. By the first week of April, the price had nearly doubled to 29 pesos. The National Alliance of Small Businesses (Anpec) explained that fuel.....

Lasalgaon market

India: Large domestic supply pushes onion prices to new low

With onion prices at their lowest level in 2018, exporters said the central government should bring back incentives to ship out more bulbs, to help stabilise prices and provide better returns to farmers. As the harvest of the onion crop gains pace across the key producing regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka,.....

On April 1, 2018

Northwest region potato stocks at 4,420,000 tons

Potato stocks in Idaho on April 1, 2018 totaled 2,540,000 tons, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. April 1 potato stocks in Oregon totaled 355,000 tons. In Washington, April 1 potato stocks totaled 1,524,000 tons.Nationally, the 13 major potato states held 6.81 million tons of potatoes.....

Low-carb potatoes on the rise

Potatoes contain many good nutrients, but they have a somewhat negative image because they’re a source of starch. Starch is a carbohydrate, which is known for being fattening. A potato with fewer carbs should be the solution.Low-carb potatoes are getting attention throughout the world. In recent years, a.....

Lasalgaon, Nashik

India: Onion prices dip to season’s lowest of Rs 600 per 100 kgs

Onion prices at the Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), the country’s largest wholesale onion market, continue to be on the slide. Modal prices at Lasalgaon dropped to Rs 600 (€7.38) per 100 kgs, among the lowest this season, with farmers bringing out poor quality onions for sale, according.....

Table potato market East Germany - MIO Kw 15/18

Prices for table potatoes in many places at last week’s levels

Mecklenburg - Western Pomerania The market supply of old-fashioned table potatoes, which mostly come from cold storage but from conventional box storage as well, is currently still problem-free. Inventories are slowly being reduced. The price levels on the domestic table potato market have not changed compared.....

Russia: Innovative technologies for storing potatoes and vegetables

Sergey Matskevich, head of the Vegetables and Fruits Storage Department of Agrovent: “Innovative technologies are those whose cause radically changes to the quality of storage and increase the storage life of vegetables. All projects executed by the Agrovent are very important for us and every time we apply.....

China: Garlic exports greatly increased in March

Jining exported 182.5 thousand tons of garlic between January and March this year, which is an increase of 40% in comparison with the same period last year. The export volume in March was 92 thousand tons with a value of 76.4 million USD, which are respective increases of 175% and 1405% in comparison with the.....

Embracing new technologies with Baker & Murakami

The Baker & Murakami Produce Company grows, packages and ships freshly packed onions to destinations throughout the United States. With the help of Eqraft and other OTA members, Baker & Murakami now has a brand-new factory that’s future-proof.The Baker & Murakami Produce Company is the result of a.....

Pathogen of European origin poses big threat to potato crops in India

A rapidly evolving pathogen from Europe may be the downfall of India’s yield of potatoes, an essential staple crop that also fetches a good income for millions of farmers.Scientists at the West Bengal State University have found 19 unique and highly aggressive variants of Phytophthora infestans, a.....

0.30-0.40 euro less per kilo

Competing with China reduces price of purple garlic from Las Pedroñeras

The price of the Purple Garlic from Las Pedroñeras Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) decreased by .30 to .40 euro per kilo in 2017 due to the competition with the garlic from China.The technical director of the PGI, Juan Martinez, said the decline in prices has been felt in the domestic market, which.....

India: Much-hyped Potato Mission ends in failure

With yet another crisis looming over the state, the much-hyped potato mission that was launched to achieve potato self-sufficiency and enhance the storage capacity for these tubers was set to come to an abrupt end in March 2018. The three-year old mission on which the government has spent around Rs 894.31 lakh.....

Attempt to predict potato surpluses

Northern Europe is planting more and more productive varieties of potatoes, which leads to years of overproduction that drives prices down. In the last 10 years, there have been three campaigns in with a very large surplus of potatoes and very low prices.As a result, potato producer organizations in France.....

China to grow potatoes on the Moon

The Chinese moon mission Chang E 4, which the national space program plans to launch later this year, will try to cultivate plants on the moon, including potatoes, as part of their experiments for future space colonies, the official Xinhua news agency reported.The Chang E 4, the second Chinese probe that will.....

Quik's showcases entire potato assortment to business associates in new building

PHOTO REPORT'All about potatoes' is the Quik's Quality Potatoes motto. The company, based in Hedel, the Netherlands, can rightfully make this claim. They have been active in the potato market for more than 85 years. Through these years, they have grown into an important player on the potato market. They trade in fresh.....

EuroBlight report

Potato blight tracking in Europe – 2017

EuroBlight is continuously examining the ongoing evolution of the European population of the potato late blight pathogen and now reports on the 2017 results. Almost 1500 samples were genotyped from 16 countries last growing season.Preliminary conclusions:Dominance of some clones across European crops shows EU.....

Premier season starts at Aardappelhandel Altena

"Fewer potatoes expected from Malta"

The first potatoes from Malta have arrived once again at Aardappelhandel Altena. "The first shipment was slightly delayed due to the rain, but the supply is now getting going. At the moment it is mainly potatoes of the variety Santé, but the first Alphas will arrive next week," says Kees Schouten."The general.....

Egypt: Golden onions available for export

Egypt is the seventh largest onion producer on a global level and onions are the third most important product in the country after oranges and potatoes. According to the latestAgricultural Export Councildata, in 2017 Egypt produced 1.75 million tons of the red (1.6 million) and golden (580 thousand) varieties......

Peru: "The solution isn't buying potatoes"

Minister Gustavo Mostajo said he would focus on increasing the farmers' productivity. The new head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), Gustavo Mostajo, said that they wouldn't continue purchasing the surplus potatoes from Peruvian producers, a measure that cost the previous administration.....

Overview European potato market week 15

French potato exports much better than last year

BelgiumFiwap/PCA market messages:Most businesses are buying Fontane and Innovator, for immediate or delayed delivery. Overall supply is not excessive, except perhaps in Bintje. Export continues in small volumes to various destinations in Eastern and Southern Europe. In the field, very few hectares of early.....

China: Price of garlic shoots falling

The price of garlic shoots has shown a downward trend this week. The main reasons for this development are as follows: first, shoots arrived on the market in large volume, so that supply exceeds demand. The supply volume this week predominantly came from two production areas in Zhongmou and Kaifeng. The.....

China: Potato price hits five-year low

Zhongguo Sannong reports that the new potato harvest will enter the market in April and May. The market price of potatoes is currently falling. It already hit the lowest position in five years. Many businesses have already suffered severe losses. The new harvest of potatoes comes from Yunnan, while stored.....

Cees Bruyn, Staay-Hispa:

"Moroccan Nicola potatoes give a spring feeling like asparagus"

The Moroccan Nicola potatoes traditionally mark the annual start to the potato importing season. Due to the varied weather the Moroccan Nicola potatoes were slightly later than in other years, but the supply has now gotten going. "The sun is regularly shining and this is always good for the demand for premier.....

Tanzania: Sweet potato prices drop as supply grows

In Tanzania, the prices of sweet potatoes have eased. A Kariakoo Market Corporation weekly commodity report shows that the wholesale price of a 100-kilo bag of sweet potatoes fell by a quarter to Sh75,000 (€26.83) on April 6. A kilo of the commodity was sold at Sh1,500 (€0.54) in retail, down from Sh2,000.....

Irish Keogh's Crisps secure major contract with Emirates airline

Keogh’s Crisps of North Dublin have secured a major contract with Emirates, the largest international airline in the world. This will result in an estimated one million bags being served on board annually. The premium Irish brand will be available to First Class passengers only and was selected by the Emirates.....

Italy: Cipolla di Tropea IGP doing well thanks to La Fenice business network

"The results obtained by La Fenice business network in its first year are more than satisfactory. Its ten members, which include producers, packagers and processers of Cipolla di Tropea IGP, now benefit from an agile platform that can commercialise the produce in a structured way. Thanks to our team work, we.....

Fresh Grocer Tony Tantillo: "New crop" yellow onions

Fresh Grocer Tony Tantillo says "new crop" yellow onions should be stored on the counter, in a cool, dry place. They are great to use in cooking.

AU: New Research Centre to fight food waste

A new $133 million 10 year research centre will target food waste to improve the future sustainability and profitability of the Australian food industry. Food waste is a global issue with losses valued at $1.3 trillion per annum. Food waste costs Australia $20 billion each and every year and is directly.....

Sweden: 1,500-year-old onion discovered

A burned lump recovered near a fireplace at Sandby Borg on the Swedish island of Öland is in fact a 1,500-year-old onion.Archaeologist Helena Victor however explained that onions were not grown in Scandinavia at the time. She thinks the onion may have been imported from the Roman Empire as an exotic vegetable......

North Norfolk

UK family farm plans on building large potato store

Nick Harrold from E F Harrold Ltd in Oulton, near Aylsham, has applied to Broadland District Council for full planning permission for a 2,200 ton agricultural box potato store. The family farm hopes to build this large potato store in order to boost business and reduce the impact of delivery vehicles on rural.....

Italy: A convention on potatoes from Fucino

A convention to discuss the potential of Patata del Fucino: a product demanded by retailers and even by famous brands such as Findus. A €50 million project involving Covalpa, Associazione marsicana produttori patate (Ampp) and Patfrut was also presented."We need to combine our strengths and invest in our.....